Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
6D5N
Route
718
Overview
Start
Fukuoka
Goal
Fukuoka
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
1,050 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 7,400
About this route

Driving Route to go around whole Kyushu within 6 days.This is a route that can go around whole Kyushu(except west area) in the shortest days and suitable for travelers who want to visit spots as much as possible.
It covers wonderful nature scenery such as Daikanbo and Kusasenri in Aso, Takachiho Gorge one of TOP beautiful gorge in Japan, Aoshima island in Miyazaki, Sakurajima volcano and Sogi falls which called ”Oriental Niagara”. In addition, you can visit the towns still keep atmosphere and culture of old Japan, such as Hita old town, Senganen Garden in Kagoshima, Kumamoto where is famous for castle and Japanese garden and canal city Yanagawa .In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms at Oita river, Mochio park in Miyazaki and Tadamoto Park. Amazing sun flower field will be wait for you at Miyazaki and Yanagawa in summer. In autumn,Yabakei Gorge and Kokonoe Suspension Bridge are the best places to see coloured leaves.
Yufuin/Beppu are one of the most popular Onsen town in all over Japan and highly recommended to stay Japanese style Ryokan.
Of cause, you can enjoy local food! The must-eat fod are Seki horse mackerel fish, Aso red beef, Miyazaki beef and local chicken, black pork and shaved ice desert in Kagoshima, amberjack fish in Sakurajima, Kumamoto Ramen and eel in Yanagawa.Our daily driving map will guide you recommended local restaurants for these dish.
You can visit many spots along this route but 6D5N is not enough and required to skip many spots.If you have time, it is highly recommended to choose route at least 8D7N or longer.

Fukuoka

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine

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Hita Old Town

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Yufuin Yunotsubo street(Yunotsubo Yokocho Car park)

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Yufuin/Beppu

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Aso

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Kokonoe Suspension Bridge

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Kurokawa Onsen town

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Daikanbo Observatory

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Aso

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Miyazaki

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Takachiho Gorge

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Amanoiwato Shrine

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Umagase

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Miyazaki

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Kagoshima

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Udo Jingu Shrine

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Kagoshima Ferry Terminal

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Senganen Garden

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Kagoshima

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Kumamoto

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Sogi Falls

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Aoi Aso Shrine

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Suizenji Park

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Kumamoto

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Fukuoka

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Yanagawa Canal Cruise

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Yoshinogari Historical Park

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Tosu Premium Outlets

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Day. 1Fukuoka to Yufuin/Beppu

This day will head from Fukuoka to Yufuin/Beppu a nationally famous hot spring resort.
Mileage is about 160㎞. However, this day has many attractions, and in today's highlights Yufuin and Beppu, most of the shops and sightseeing spots close about 17-18 o'clock. It is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination should be "Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine(太宰府天満宮)" the most famous shrines in Kyushu. You can enjoy walking along the approach of the shrine where has many shop of local products and food. If you like sweets and fruit, it is god idea to go to fruit picking after the shrine. "Hita old town(日田の古い町並み)" is located good place to have lunch. Our daily driving map will guide you to recommended eel restaurant, ”Hita Yakisoba” the local grilled noodle erstaurant and so on. Then let's facing to Yuhuin. The main street "Yufuin Yunotsubo street(由布院湯の坪街道)" is filled with charming shops selling localproducts and food too and you can enjoy walking to small beautiful "Lake Kinrinko(金鱗湖)".
It is 25km away from Yufuin to Beppu and dakes about 40 minutes. Highlight "Beppu Jigoku Hells(別府地獄めぐり)" is highly recommended but is closed at 17:00. If you stay in Yufuin or Beppu continuously or will return back to Fukuoka tomorrow, it would be good visit Beppu on the next day. If you travel to Aso tomorrow, it might be better to skip the Hita old town to keep time to visit Beppu.
Onsen is wating for you to heal your fatigue.
In addition, we recommend you different place at cherry blossom period in spring and autumn coloured leaves period with our daily driving map.. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Rent a car at Fukuoka

Rental car rental and return at Fukuoka
All Kyushu driving routes we providing start from Fukuoka.
Below 3 branchs is the most recommended.
①Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Branch : For travelers who take international flight.
②Fukuoka Airport No.1 Branch (Domestic Terminal) : For travelers who take domestic flight.
③Hakata Station Hakata Exit Branch : For travelers who stay Fukuoka before or after driving trip and who take Shinkansen(Bullet train).

Stay at Yufuin/Beppu

You will stay either Yufuin(=Yufu City(由布院)) or Beppu(別府) on this day. Two cities are about 20 km away and about 30min by car. Both cities are very famous for Onsen and most of accommodations are Japanese Ryokan with Onsen. Some western style hotels there also have Onsen facilities too.
Most of accommodations in Yufuin are 4-5 star Ryokans. They will provide Onsen and nice Japanese Kaiseki style dinners. Restaurants and shops in the city close evening and you must book plan with dinner and breakfast.
Beppu has many accommodations from 3-5 star. If you book nice accommodation, it is also better to book plan with dinner and breakfast. There are many reasonable hotels around Beppu station and you can book without meals because of many local restaurants. But some hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 2Yufuin/Beppu to Aso

This day will head from Yufuin/Beppu to Aso. Mileage is 140㎞ only. However, this day has many attractions and it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination is "Kokonoe Suspension Bridge(九重夢大吊橋)". In particular, you can see wonderful colored leaves in the Autumn. Then you can stop by farm which provide fresh yogurt drinks and beautiful wetland which has 1 - 2.5km walking trails. "Kurokawa Onsen town(黒川温泉)" is good place to have lunch. Our daily driving map will let you know nice recommended restaurants there.
The biggest highlight on this day is driving along the Aso Sky Line from "Skyline observatory" to "Daikanbo Observatory(大観峰)". Driving on outer rim of a Aso caldera will be your lifetime unforgettable memory. If you have time, let's go to "Kusasenri(草千里)". Breathtaking panoramic grass plains are waiting for you.
Aso area where you stay this day is countryside and you had better to eat dinner at your inn. Then please control your schedule to reach your inn by 18 around o'clock.

Stay at Aso

You will stay Aso(阿蘇) area on this day. Accommodations are located around Mt.Aso(阿蘇山) the symbol of this area. You can choose prefer type of accommodations from variety of options like fine Ryokan with Onsen, reasonable western style hotels and so on.
Aso area is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.

Day. 3Aso to Miyazaki

This day will head from Aso to Miyazaki famous hot spring resorts. Because of long mileage 210km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The biggest highlight of this day is "Takachiho Gorge(高千穂峡)" one of the most beautiful gorge in Japan and it can be highlight of your Kyushu travel too. It is located inconvenient area but you can visit there by your car easily. They have rental boat and highly recommended to try boating in amazing view.
"Kunimigaoka Observatory(国見ヶ丘展望台)" near the gorge is also worth to visit. You will be amazed due to 360 degree mountain view.
There are not many restaurants there but our daily driving map will suggest you nice soba restaurant, Beef steak restaurants and so on.
Then let's move to "Umagase(馬ヶ背)" a beautiful cape where you can sea panoramil ocean view. If you still have time before heading to Miyazaki, you can stop by "Mimitsu Town(美々津)". It is not well-known small fisherman's village which is listed as preserved district of traditional buildings.
We recommend you to take highway from Takachiho gorge to Umagase and Umagase to Miyazaki due to no sightseeing spots.
In addition, There are amazing cherry blossom places spring. If you will travel in sprong, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Stay at Miyazaki

You will stay in Miyazaki(宮崎) city on this day. Many accommodations are concentrated around Miyazaki Station. Most ofthe accommodations in this city are not Ryokans but western style hotels. As many restaurants opens till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels wih breakfast only or without meals. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.
If you would like to stay hotels with bigger room or Onsen facility, huge 5 star hotel "Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort" is recommended. It is located 6 km north of Miyazaki Station and you can enjoy nice Onsen too.

Day. 4Miyazaki to Kagoshima

This day will head from Miyazaki to Kagoshima. Because of long mileage 210km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
The first destination is "Aoshima Island(青島 鬼の洗濯板)" an island with unique terrain called demon's washboard. After coming back to Miyazaki, let's take highway to Miyakonojo(都城) city whose production of the meat is the highest in all ove Janan. Of cause beaf BBQ restaurant is recommended but our daily driving map will guide you other nice Itarian restaurant and cheap and good Udon noodle restauant too.
After lunch, why don't you enjoy 30 min walking at "Sekinoo Falls(関之尾の滝甌穴郡)" with unique terrein river?
Then, you can face to Kirishima(霧島)area. "Kirishima Shrine(霧島神宮)"which founded more than 1000 years ago is must-see. There are many other sightseeing spots like farm, highland, park which Onsen steam blowing us from the ground and so on.
There are not many sightseeing spots from Kirishima to Kagoshima and better to take highway.
In addition, there are amazing cherry blossom places on this route. If you will travel in spring, our daily driving map will guide you these spots. It is really worth to see and please priority there.

Stay at Kagoshima

You will stay in Kagoshima(鹿児島) city. Kagoshima is a big town, there are many choices from 5 star hotels to reasonable 3 star hotels. Most of accommodations are western style hotels but some of them have Onsen facilities.
Around "Tenmonkandori station(天文館通駅)" of tram is consider as downtown area of Kagoshima city and many hotels and restaurants are concentrated.
If you go back to Fukuoka by bullet train, it is also recommended to stay around "Kagoshima Chuo Station(鹿児島中央駅)".
Kagoshima airport is located 40km away from Kagoshima city and it takes about 1hour and half. Please be careful if you take flight from there.
As many restaurants opens till midnight, it is recommended to book your hotels with breakfast only or without meals. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 5Kagoshima to Kumamoto

This day will head from Kagoshima to Kumamoto. Because of long mileage 2000km, it is recommended to start 8:00~9:00 if you don't lile huried travel.
If you haven't been "Shiroyama Park Observation Deck(城山公園展望台)" and "Senganen Garden-仙巌園" in Kagoshima city, you should visit there first.
Then, let's drive to first destination "Maruike Spring Water Park-丸池湧水". There is no sightseeing spots from Kagoshima city to here and better to take highway.
The biggest highlight of this day is "Sogi Falls(曽木の滝)". This is a great water fall which is called Eastern Naiagara whose width is 210m. It can be highlight of your whole trip too. Highly recommended.
Then, let's drive to Hitoyoshi city. You can visit a very unique shrine "Aoi Aso Shrine(青井阿蘇神社)" which has thatched roof.
It is recommended to have a lunch in this city too. There are nice Eel, Ramen and Gyoza resaurant in this city and our daily driving map will guide you there.
There is no sightseeing spots from Hitoyoshi city to Kumamoto too and recommended to take highway. It will be long journey and you may reach Kumamoto at night. You can visit sightseeing spots in Kumamoto city tomorrow.

Stay at Kumamoto

You will stay Kumamoto(熊本) city on this day. Kumamoto city is large and it is recommended to stay around "Kumamoto Castle(熊本城)" where is consider as downtown of Kumamoto city. Most of the accommodations there are not Ryokans but western style hotels.
In particular, restaurants are concentrated in the "Kamidori street(上通り)", "Shimodori street(下通り)"and "Shinshigai area(新市街)" on the southwest side of Kumamoto Castle, and you can enjoy local food of Kumamoto. On the other hand, you better to avoid Kumamoto station area due to location and less restaurants. Many hotels don't have own parking and they may charge additional parking fee.

Day. 6Kumamoto to Fukuoka

This day will go back to Fukuoka from Kumamoto. Mileage is about 150km.
If you haven't visit "Kumamoto castle(熊本城)”, let's go there first.but please take note that it is under reconstruction from the damage of the earthquake. It may be nicer to visit sonderful Japanese garden "Suizenji Jojuen Garden(水前寺成趣園)". Next destination is Yanagawa town. "Ohana Shotoen(御花松涛園)" is old house and amazing Japanese garden which was built about 300 years ago. If you have time, there is 70min "Yanagawa Canal Cruise(柳川お堀巡り)" and you can enjoy old town and warehouses from the boat.
Recommended lunch on this day are traditional grilled eel and cheap and good local Udon noodle. We will let you know all the restaurants with daily driving map.
"Yame Chuo Tea Gaden(八女中央大茶園)" is highly recommended to visit. It is the secret spot where can be reach by car only and you will be amazed due to panolamic scenery covered with green tea trees. If you would like to enjoy shopping before going back to your country, you can stop at "Tosu Premium Outlets(鳥栖プレミアムアウトレット)".
There are some traffic jam adound Fukuoka and it takes time to filling up gas and return your car too. If you don't stay Fukuoka and take flight on this day, please reach rental car shop at least 3 hours before the flight.

Return a car at Fukuoka

Rental car rental and return at Fukuoka
All Kyushu driving routes we providing start from Fukuoka.
Below 3 branchs is the most recommended.
①Fukuoka Airport International Terminal Branch : For travelers who take international flight.
②Fukuoka Airport No.1 Branch (Domestic Terminal) : For travelers who take domestic flight.
③Hakata Station Hakata Exit Branch : For travelers who stay Fukuoka before or after driving trip and who take Shinkansen(Bullet train).

Check Other 6D5N Kyushu Route

Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
717FukuokaFukuokareturn_tripnormal960 km¥ 3,700check
719FukuokaKagoshimaone_way_tripnormal920 km¥ 2,500check
720FukuokaKagoshimaone_way_tripbusy1,030 km¥ 6,200check
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